- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

Nora Baldwin and Wayne Saward had no idea when they met six years ago, their relationship would survive a 400-mile move from New York to D.C. Now the two will take a 150-mile bike ride together — all for a good cause.

The couple is participating next month in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a charity event benefiting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial and Suburban Hospitals.

The event has added meaning for the couple, having both lost their fathers to cancer. Miss Baldwin was only 2 years old when her father died; Mr. Saward was fortunate enough to have his father until he was 19.

“We’re riding to raise awareness and raise funds, so they can continue cancer research and people like myself and Nora and everybody who is affected by cancer doesn’t have to be,” Mr. Saward said.

One in four deaths in the United States is caused by cancer, health officials say.

“Cancer has affected everybody’s life in someway and [the bike ride] can challenge you and, you know, the fact that all this money is going into cancer research makes it that much … better,” Miss Baldwin said.

This year marks the first time the annual 150-mile bike ride will run through the D.C. region. Other cities including Chicago, New York and Philadelphia will also participate in the event, which will be held Sept. 13-14. All funds will go toward cancer research to improve treatments and screening intervention.

The event unites survivors, riders and supporters who want to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight against cancer.

“Anybody can do this — we really challenge anybody out there to — you know, you need a bike you need a helmet and you need a little motivation and we can come together and really make an impact and conquer cancer,” Miss Baldwin said.

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